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Who Compares to Whom? The Anatomy of Income Comparisons in Europe
This article provides unprecedented direct evidence from large-scale survey data on both the intensity (how much?) and direction (to whom?) of income comparisons. Income comparisons are considered toExpand
When Information Dominates Comparison. Learning from Russian Subjective Panel Data
We propose a micro-econometric investigation into the relation between subjective life satisfaction and income distribution, using a balanced panel survey of the Russian population (RLMS), runningExpand
Direct Evidence on Income Comparisons and Their Welfare Effects
This paper provides unheard direct evidence that comparisons exert a significant effect on subjective well-being. It also evaluates the relative importance of different types of benchmarks. DynamicExpand
Heterogeneity in Reported Well-Being: Evidence from Twelve European Countries
We use latent class techniques to model simultaneously intercept and slope heterogeneity in the relationship between income and reported well-being across twelve European countries. Expand
Ambition and Jealousy: Income Interactions in the ‘Old’ Europe Versus the ‘New’ Europe and the United States
This paper asks how income distribution affects individual well-being and tries to explore the idea that this relation depends on the degree of mobility and uncertainty in the economy. It mostlyExpand
The causes of happiness and misery
Chapter 3 discusses the causes of happiness and misery, based on 30 years of research on the topic. Both external and personal features determine well-being. Some of the important external factorsExpand
Will GDP Growth Increase Happiness in Developing Countries?
This paper asks what low-income countries can expect from growth in terms of happiness. It interprets the set of available international evidence pertaining to the relationship between income growthExpand
Is happiness different from flourishing? Cross-Country Evidence from the ESS
This paper appeals to novel survey information on over 30 000 individuals in 21 European countries to address an important and controversial question with respect to well-being: Do cognitive, hedonicExpand
Immigration and Natives’ Attitudes towards the Welfare State: Evidence from the European Social Survey
Does immigration reduce natives’ support for the welfare state? Evidence from the European Social Survey (2002/2003) suggests a more qualified relation. For Europe as a whole, there is only weakExpand